Host a Fashion Week Party!

The start of September means the start of NYC Fashion Week, and the KBNY team wants to give all you fashion lovers some ideas for hosting a Fashion Week themed party!

  • For invitations, create VIP/backstage passes for your guests.
  • Come up with cocktails to serve and name them after designers; a Cosmo could be Alexander McQueen and so on.
  • Create fun place cards by attaching them to paper or plastic shoes you’ve made. Check out this idea on our Pinterest board.
  • Create a photo area by making the background look like the cover of a magazine.
  • Hang different colored fairy lights or paper lanterns around the party area to add a fun lighting effect inspired by the runway.
  • Play music that reminds you of being at a fashion show. You can even check out what designers are playing this year by searching online!
  • For dessert, you can take inspiration from luxury brands and create designer custom cakes, cupcakes and/or cookies. You can also do this by taking inspiration from magazines. Check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

We hope all of you fashionistas enjoy celebrating NYC Fashion Week! Send us photos on Instagram or Twitter if you try any of our ideas @KarenBrownNY.

Get to Know a Cake Designer: Me Too Cakes

Choosing someone to design a cake for your event can be extremely difficult. It could be your favorite part of the event process… or it could be something that you absolutely dread. Even though a cake is something that is just going to be eaten, it serves a purpose much bigger than that. There is something about a cake that ties the whole event together, and if you think about it, there are a lot of decisions that go into choosing a cake. You have to decide on the flavor, the design, the size, the frosting, and more. The energy and talent that goes into making cakes is extraordinary, and choosing who to design and create the cake for your special event could be a daunting task. But we know someone that does the job perfectly: Me Too Cakes by Amy Kathuria! Here’s what she has to say:

How did you decide to specialize in cake design?

In my early 20’s I was working as a Pastry Chef for a French Restaurant that had a private dining room. I was asked to make special occasion cakes and wedding cakes. I really enjoyed learning to decorate cakes and decided to do an internship with Ron Ben-Israel Cakes. This opened my eyes and it became a passion for me to learn and create more.

What is the mission of your company?

To work more closely with the couple and create a custom designed cake that represents their personality. Resulting in a beautiful cake that guests will remember and enjoy the taste.

Where do you get your inspiration?

The Couple first and foremost – followed by: Nature, Fashion, Invitations, Magazines, Colors, Patterns, Craft Stores and other Cake Designers…

What do you like to know about a client before you design their cake?

Any personal touches they would like to add to their cake. The personal touches really can make your cake unique and memorable.

What is your top tip for current and potential clients?

The more information that the couple brings to the tasting or wants to share can really inspire a new cake design. Don’t be afraid to share little details such as how you met, how he proposed, where you are going on your honeymoon….The cake does not always have to match the décor of the room. It could reflect something as simple as the bouquet of flowers he gave you on your first date.

Have fun with your cake! Add touches or hidden gestures that your guests will either comment on later or ask questions.

How far in advance should someone book you?

Once all of your details are set such as invitations, décor, event space and you have established a theme for your wedding. Usually 3-4 months in advance.

Would you mind sharing a photo of one of your favorite cakes and explain why it’s your favorite?

My favorite wedding cake includes Poppies, it is my favorite flower.

My favorite Groom’s cake would be the Stryker Army Vehicle cake because we were able to incorporate a very memorable detail of a beverage they enjoyed when they were first getting to know each other. The Bride kept the Groom’s cake a surprise, which made the cake even more special.

Birthday cake – hands down goes to my favorite flavor Passion Fruit Mousse, Almond Jaconde sponge with Fresh Mango. Triple Threat – YUM!

What is the best way for potential clients to get in touch with you?

Email is the best way to contact me, with a description of what you are looking for in cake design and date of your event; amy@metoocakes.com.

We hope you enjoyed learning about Me Too Cakes! If you need more information, her website is: http://metoocakes.com/.

You can also follow Me Too Cakes on Facebook and Pinterest.

Holiday Party at Madame Tussaud’s!

Hands down, one of my favorite client holiday parties this year was at Madame Tussaud’s. I had never been inside the museum before my first site visit during the planning process. It just felt like one of those touristy type attractions that you would only go to if you were a tourist but after going I was actually quite impressed with the realness of statues and the grandeur of the Star Room, the private room for events.

The museum is over 85,000 square feet and has over 200 wax figures expanding through nine levels. There are several different rooms which group the wax figures into genres; actors, news anchors, sports figures, musicians, politicians, superheroes, and more. There is even one level dedicated just to New York; Statue of Liberty, a Yellow Cab, famous New Yorkers such as Woody Allen, Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Beyonce, the Rockettes, etc.

On the day of the party, festivities started at my client’s office with a “Yankee Swap” (also known as “White Elephant”) gift exchange and custom holiday cookies by Me Too Cakes.

A few hours later I helped prepare the in-house cocktail party, then headed to Madame Tussaud’s to set up final decorations and make sure everything was ready to go before guests arrived.

The party started with cocktails in the Star Room, a star-studded affair including the newly unveiled Jennifer Aniston!

From there, guests went on a self-guided tour of the wax museum, ending with a Superhero short film in the 4D Cinema, a ultra-sensory experience with special effects including wind, snow, mist, scent and digital surround sound.

Guests were then brought back to the Star Room for a buffet dinner, more cocktails and delicious dessert!

Catering by Café Metro, one of the preferred vendors for Madame Tussaud’s.

Catering by Café Metro, one of the preferred vendors for Madame Tussaud’s.

Cake by Me Too Cakes

Cake by Me Too Cakes

Cake by Me Too Cakes

Cake by Me Too Cakes

At the end of the night everyone left with a custom cake pop (or two!) from Haute So Sweet.

To see more pictures, please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.

Wine & Cake Tasting Event!

Are you engaged? Do you want the chance to meet several great wedding vendors in one location? Then plan to stop by Artvesta Studio’s Wine and Cake Tasting Event tonight, September 20!

M1 Club: 450 West 42nd Street between 9th & 10th Avenues, 7:00-9:30pm

One of my favorite cake designers, Amy Landini Kathuria from Me Too Cakes, will be serving up cake samples and showcasing some of her designs! Here is a picture of her most recent cake she did for the Peninsula Hotel. The inspiration came from the e-vite they used for their event.

There will also be makeup touch-ups from Crissy Mc Weeney and The House of Makeup, great music from DJ Johnny Stuart, unique planning advice from Sheavonne Harris, and exquisite photography from Tatiana Valerie.

Couples will be eligible to enter their name into a drawing for three amazing prizes:

- One special occasion cake to feed 40 people from Me Too Cakes

- One 30-minute engagement photo session from Atvesta photography

- One candy bar setup (buffet) for your wedding from Sherborne Harris

Networking at Noir!

Amy Kathuria from Me Too Cakes invited me to a networking cocktail event last night at Noir which was sponsored by The Wedding Salon. I had the privledge of meeting several different people within the wedding industry including, DJs and musicians, make-up artists, cake designers and other wedding planners. It’s always nice to come together as a group and get to know each other outside of a client’s wedding.

The venue itself, Noir, is a great location if you’re space for an intimate private dinner, a cocktail party with friends or need a space for a company party. They’re located in Midtown East on 50th Street and they have a total of 10,000 square feet and two levels that can accommodate up to 468 guests. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area!

West Point Wedding!

My first military wedding was a success! The West Point Military Academy campus is set in Hudson Valley of New York and is surrounded by gorgeous scenery and ideal for a picture perfect wedding. The bride and groom couldn’t have been happier!

Here is sneak of the day and once I get pictures from the wedding photographer, Lina Jang, I will post a few of those!

Cadet Chapel, WPMA

Castle Chamber Players jazz quartet

Stryker cake by Me Too Cakes

For more pictures please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.

Styker!

I met Amy Kathuria, owner of Me Too Cakes, at a Wedding Salon event in the spring and remember being impressed with her custom cake designs. She was the natural choice when I had a wedding client ask for a custom groom’s cake be made to look like a Stryker for her West Point wedding.

Amy is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, holds an Associates degree in Culinary Arts and has a certificate in Baking and Pastry. Her work history is quite impressive and she has received formal training in wedding cakes, interning with Ron Ben-Israel and taking an advanced class with Betty Van Norstrand. She also spent a year as a partner of Veronica’s Cakes located in Honolulu!

The name ME② comes from being the youngest and having two older brothers who she chased around wanting to be included in everything and saying “me too, me too”!